Yankees starter Luis Severino recently progressed to long-tossing in his rehab for a shoulder injury, but didn’t feel so good in his latest outing, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Severino will undergo an MRI in New York.
Severino, 25, missed most of spring training after being diagnosed with inflammation of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was expected to return next month, but with this latest setback, it may be later than that.
Last season, Severino finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio in 191 1/3 innings. He and the Yankees then agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension in February.
The injuries have been mounting for the Yankees. Along with Severino, the club is currently missing CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andújar.
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.